The Garden Of Names – a Co-Created Memorial for Transgender Day of Remembrance

This is an installation which I am facilitating as part of the Trans/Forms DSCF3966exhibition of transgender artists at Hamilton House, to mark Transgender day of Remembrance which takes place every year on November 20th. Visitors are invited to write the name of a transgender person who lost their lives through transphobic violence and add it to the piece. Through this I hope to give people a way to honour those departed as well as to encourage people who may not know much about the issues affecting transgender people to engage with the issue of transphobic violence.

DSCF3972Here is what I wrote about it for the exhibition:

Transgender day of remembrance is held on November 20th every year. On this day across the world people hold vigils and memoral ceremonies for transgender people who have lost their lives through transphobic violence in the last year. As part of this a list of names is compiled, using news sources from around the world. This year the number of names is 271, with most being trans people of colour.
I invite you to partake in helping create a memorial to these 271 individuals, as well as those who are unnamed who’s deaths were never reported, those who’s trans identity was erased after their death and those who took their own lives.

This installation will be in place at the Trans/Forms exhibition at the Hamilton House gallery on Stokes Croft, Bristol (the same building as the Canteen) until Monday the 23rd.

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